A lot of job training and skills can be learned from something as simple as making dog biscuits. The Arc Idaho
launched B'Arc, a business that produces dog biscuits, to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain job skills.
Those working for B'Arc "hand-make the dog bones, use a dough sheeter machine, hand-cut, package and label the products," said Nicole Lang, Program and Development Director of The Arc Idaho. "They are an amazing part of the marketing and selling, too. They go to businesses to see if we can sell the bones out of the shop."
After working at B'Arc, Lang said individuals can take those skills into the community, and transfer them into other jobs.
The Arc wants to expand the B'Arc program—which needs a new dehydrator—so it's teaming up with seven breweries for the third annual B'Arc and Brew Craft Beer Festival
on Saturday, Sept. 27. The fest will be outside Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and feature beer from them and Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Boise Brewing, Slanted Rock Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing.
Highlands Hollow will provide food, and The Wooly Buggers, Emily Tipton with Kayleigh Jack, and Like a Rocket will provide music, starting at 2 p.m..
The festival welcomes dogs, of course, and will have activities just for them like a parade at 1 p.m., followed by a "best dressed" doggie costume contest. A silent auction will include pet-related and beer-related items, and both the Idaho Humane Society and Fuzzy Pawz Rescue will have mobile adoption units set up.
Lang said last year, the event drew about 150 people but almost didn't happen this year.
"But Highlands Hollow invited us to join their monthly deck party," she said. "So we hope to at least double attendance."
The event runs from noon to 8 p.m., and costs $15 for a tasting mug and eight beer tickets. All proceeds go toward B'Arc's expansion and a new dehydrator.
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Last year's B'Arc and Brew helped raise money to keep the B'arc bone business operational.